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Cher files $1 million lawsuit against Sonny Bono's widow over 'withheld royalties'

Cher files $1M lawsuit

Cher is suing Sonny Bono's widow Mary for allegedly illegally withholding royalties from Sonny & Cher tracks.

The singer filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, asking for $1 million in damages.

According to reports, Cher and Sonny agreed to split the revenue from the songs they'd recorded as a duo - including I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On - following their split in 1975.

However, Cher claims that Mary - Sonny's fourth wife - "has undone" her ownership of the rights and royalties, although she didn't indicate exactly how that has happened.

Mary has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Sonny & Cher enjoyed huge success as a duo in the 1960s with their music and TV show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Following their split, they pursued different interests, with Cher forging a movie career and releasing countless solo hits as Sonny moved into politics.

He died in 1998 in a skiing accident.

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